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ESV Single Column Reference Bible premium Calfskin leather (Black) Leather Bound – February 28, 2007

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Product Details

  • Leather Bound: 1808 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Bibles; Box edition (February 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581348215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581348217
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.9 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,325,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Imitation Leather
Concerning the ESV Single Column Reference Bible (trutone binding)

ESV, Single Column Reference Bible (Black, TruTone, Black Letter)

When Crossway announced that they would be publishing the ESV Single Column Reference Bible (SCR), I was excited. For years I had been using a Zondervan Wide-Margin NIV Bible (bonded leather), and for years I have regretted not having bought the NASB version. A good thing about using the wide margin NIV for detailed study and analysis of bible passages is that the limitations of the NIV show up rather quickly. Too many of my notes say something to the effect of "the ESV/NASB/KJV/RSV says . . ."

In any event, I fully intended to purchase a premium leather version of the SCR and finally have in my possession that mythical beast - "the one Bible for life that you can use for all circumstances." Unfortunately the reviews of the SCR were a bit scary, especially those about bleed-through and thin pages. I didn't want to shell out $122+ for what would end up being an unusable bit of junk, possibly the most expensive pew bible ever made.

So, I chose to purchase the Trutone version from Amazon.

When it arrived (in May of 2007), I was really disappointed by the binding. I know that some reviewers like the feel of the Trutone but I was not one of them. It reminded me of what a bible covered with inner tube material might look like. I guess I like my bibles to feel grainy to the touch rather than slick and artificial.
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Format: Leather Bound
I just wanted to add this bit of information to all the other good reviews of this product. I personally contacted a customer rep from Crossway and they gave me the lowdown on the bindings -- glued or smyth-sewn.

With any Crossway Bibles, the -ONLY- editions that have a sewn binding are the Premium Leather editions. The only exception to this is their Journaling Bible, which has a sewn binding even in the hardback editions.

I believe that some of the reviewers here who may have criticized this Bible for having a glued edition were folks who purchased something other than the Premium Leather.

So, if you purchase a bonded leather, genuine leather, Tru-Tone, hardback or softcover edition you will -NOT- be getting a Bible with a sewn binding. If that is important to you (and it should be, considering the costs) you will need to get the Premium Calfskin Leather Editions for any edition of the ESV; if that is not listed, don't count on getting a sewn binding at all...
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Now that I've had three days to read over this, I give it 5 stars. The thin paper others complain of is just not that big a deal and when reading I don't notice it. The cover is buttery soft calfskin and the sewn binding is top notch. The single column makes for a very readable format and the text is quite large enough to see easily. It's not too thick and heavy, as some wide margin Bibles can tend to be. BUT, the biggest factor to me is how a Bible feels in your hands when reading it. Some very nice Bibles just don't have a good feel to them. This Bible feels great in your hands and is just a keeper all around.
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Format: Imitation Leather
I love the single column and the room for notes. As I have begun to take notes I have discovered that they only way my notes don't bleed through to the other side of the page is to write them in pencil. The pages are just too thin for any type of ink. That leads my to another concern...durability. With the pages so incredibly thin, everyday use will take its toll on the pages.

Hopefully, the guys at Crossway will correct it for the next run of this wonderful Bible.
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The ESV is my favorite translation of the Bible since the RSV. I like the single column format of this edition except that it wastes too much space by starting each verse on a separate line. I much prefer the paragraph format. Also the paper is too thin. You can see the lettering from other pages too easily. The TruTone imitation leather feels good (I'm sure it makes the cows feel better too) and the binding seems well done. Maybe someday they'll get it perfect, like my old RSV Harper Study Bible (except for the study notes :-).
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Format: Imitation Leather
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I had finally gotten to the point where I was convinced that only the calfskin ESV editions were truly worth purchasing. The calfskin editions have always been my favorite. The ESV Heirloom Edition is simply one of the best Bibles available today. The calfskin classic reference and calfskin thinline ESV's are of superb quality as well.

I took a chance and purchased this new Tru-Tone black ESV Single Column Reference Edition. I wanted to preview the new offering from Crossway. I have to say that this is by far the best in-expensive edition of the ESV ever manufactured. It is really nice. The picture displayed here does not do the tru-tone cover justice. I have learned that tru-tone is a very durable cover material and I prefer it to both bonded leather and most genuine leathers. It is closer to calfskin in feel and texture than bonded or genuine leather.

Like most cheaper Bibles the binding is glued instead of sewn but that seems to be the trend of the day. For the price you cannot go wrong with this version of the ESV.
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